Maybe you, your team, or your school has been engaged in providing needed service to your community by holding canned food drives, donating Thanksgiving food baskets, or any number of things to help the hungry, the homeless, and those living in poverty. You can continue to provide this needed help while providing a "truer, deeper learning" experience for your students. You will find some resources below that will help you as you follow our Service-Learning/Project Based Learning Planning Model and engage your students in "learning that lasts!" Let us know of any resources that could be added to the categories below.
Cause and Effect: A Flow Chart Activity about Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness
This activity leads participants (in small group and in large group) causes/contributing factors and effects/impact of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Activity can be easily adapted to fit any issue or topic. Download here.
Empty Bowls (and other hunger-related projects) Teacher Resource Guide
Quizlet's flashcards, tests, and study games make learning fun and engaging for students of all ages.Thanks to Terri Johns, Jones Middle School for creating/sharing this Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty word study. Click here to view.
“Making Ends Meet” Poverty Simulation (coming soon)
One in Five . . . A Hunger Awareness Activity
How does it feel to be the one in five who is food insecure? Download here.
Staggering Statistics: The Scope of the Problem
Poverty is a complicated issue with root causes that require complex and comprehensive solutions. For 2014, the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for a family of four was an annual income of $23,850. Read more . . .
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen: A play adapted from the book by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Download script: color or black and white
Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter. More than anything, Beatrice longs to be a schoolgirl. But in her small African village, only children who can afford uniforms and books can go to school. Beatrice knows that with six children to care for, her family is much too poor. But then Beatrice receives a wonderful gift from some people far away — a goat! Fat and sleek as a ripe mango, Mugisa (which means “luck”) gives milk that Beatrice can sell. With Mugisa’s help, it looks as if Beatrice’s dream may come true after all.
(For kids ages 4 and up)
Faith the Cow by Susan Bame Hoover is recommended/used by Hefer Project International to teach children about world hunger. Faith the Cow is the captivating story of the first animal sent overseas through Heifer Project International. (For kids ages 4 and up)
Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth. Award-winning artist Jon J Muth retells the favorite tale of a selfish community who is tricked into creating a delicious soup from stones. In this inspiring story about the strength people possess when they work together, Muth takes a simple, beloved tale and adds his own fresh twist.
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan. A straightforward fictional view of an urban soup kitchen, as observed by a boy visiting it with his "Uncle Willie," who works there every day. The difficult lives of those fed (including children)—as well as the friendly, nonintrusive attitude of the kitchen workers toward them—are presented sensitively but without sentimentality.
A Good Day (video), : An animated short that portrays food insecurity and nutritional challenges from the perspective of a little boy. Also found on "A Place at the Table" DVD (see below). View video.
A Place at the Table: Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. Click here for more info.
Addressing Childhood Hunger through a Semester of Service: Daniel, a 3rd grader at Elsa England Elementary in Austin, Texas, talks about childhood hunger in his region and how his classmates are taking action to address the issue. Their teacher, Ms. Brunson, received a Sodexo Foundation School Engagement Grant to facilitate a Semester of Service™. (www.YSA.org/semester). View video.
America Now: Friends and Neighbors
In 2010, NBC's Ann Curry traveled to Ohio to take a personal look inside the lives of families who have lost jobs, homes and dreams. View video.
CFS 2014 A Real Solution For World Hunger
In the 21st century, it is unconscionable that any human being on the planet should go hungry, especially given our advanced technical capability to assist in producing food with minimal human labor input. What CFS aims to accomplish is to use Systems Engineering and Integration practices (as used by NASA and other technologically sound entities) to develop highly automated aquaponic farm facilities that are powered by clean energy systems. Click to view.
Eliminating Food Deserts in America
What is a "Food Desert"? Find out what is being done to combat these nutritional wastelands on a trip to Philadelphia with First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary Tom Vilsack. Click to view.
Fill the "Bear" Cupboard
Hasting Middle School created the "Fill the Bear Cupboard" project to learn about the issue of hunger and raise more than 4,100 pounds of food for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Click here to view video.
Habitat Project Preparation Animoto
Barrington Elementary School Informal students and teachers created a service-learning project to consider the human habitat and research why some people's basic needs are not met. Click here to view video.
Habitat Project Reflection Animoto
Barrington teachers engaged their students in significant reflection as a part of their annual Habitat Project. Click here to view video.
Hard Times Generation: Families Living in Cars
Scott Pelley brings "60 Minutes" cameras back to central Florida to document another form of family homelessness: kids and their parents forced to live in cars. View video.
Hard Times Generation: Homeless Kids
For some children, socializing and learning are being cruelly complicated by homelessness, as Scott Pelley reports from Florida, where school buses now stop at motels for children who've lost their homes. View video.
Homeless Pay for Haircuts with Hugs in Connecticut Town
This segment was aired on CBS Sunday Morning. It could be used as part of an investigation lesson. It touches on several themes: one person can make a difference, think outside the box about how an individual can use his/her gifts and talents to help others, empathy (touches on the fact that here is a man who touches people that most other people avoid). View video.
Integrated Studies: Sustainability and Cross-Curricular Connections
By connecting the theme of sustainability across multiple disciplines, the teachers at Montpelier High School have built a robust, integrated teaching approach that engages students and creates community. Click to view.
Poverty Simulation Reflection--Barrington Elementary Students
Elementary students reflect on the meaning of their participation in the "Making Ends Meet" Poverty Simulation (see "Handouts/Activities). Click to view.
Story of Hungry
The story of hungry takes place in schools, playgrounds and houses across the United States and the No Kid Hungry campaign is working to rewrite it. Click to view.
In schools, more kids are getting breakfast, raising math test scores 17.5% where kids are accessing them. During the summer, innovative local leaders are getting the support they need to start meal programs that work. Food trucks, new technology and better tracking turned Arkansas from the most food insecure state in the country to the state with the highest increase in the number of meals served to kids. Things are changing everywhere, millions of kids who have had no voice are gaining one thanks to you. Find out ways that you can get involved at www.nokidhungry.org.
The Line - 60 Minutes II
Waiting In The Food Line. Scott Pelley, 60 Minutes II, Reports On Those Who Need Help To Get Groceries. With unemployment rising, there has been a sudden leap in the number of people on emergency food assistance. And in Ohio, some of the food lines look as if they've been taken from the pages of the Great Depression. Click here to view.
Third Graders on Ending Hunger Through Service-Learning
Third Graders at Elsa England Elementary in Austin, Texas, talk about their Semester of Service, an extended service-learning framework that combines classroom learning to address a meaningful community issue. Funded through a grant from Sodexo Foundation and YSA, the students are spending the school year studying and taking action to address the issue of childhood hunger in their community. View video.
We Are The Future: Child Hunger Ends Here
Kids ask for our help to end child hunger. Click to view.
What Does 48 Million Hungry Americans Look Like
48 million Americans struggle to put food on the table today. How many of our cities would it take to fit that many people? Take action. Click to view.
World Hunger - UNICEF
UNICEF inspires others help fight world hunger. Click to view.
Hunger at Home and Beyond
by Liz Stimer, Genoa Middle School, Westerville City Schools, Westerville, Ohio
Seventh grade math students at Genoa Middle School investigated hunger and poverty in the community, across the nation, and globally, so that they could educate other students and members of the community and transform a traditional food drive into a meaningful service-learning experience. Read more.
Other Relevant Resources
Feeding America: "Mapping the Meal Gap": In order to address the problem of hunger, we must first understand it. Feeding America undertook the Map the Meal Gap project to learn more about hunger at the local community level. By understanding the population in need, communities can better identify strategies for reaching the people who most need food assistance.
"The Gleaners": Advocates against hunger and waste are reviving an ancient practice . . . read the full article.